Jewish eastern Jerusalem houses gain approval

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A Jerusalem municipal committee approved the construction of 32 homes in a Jewish neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem.

The district planning and construction committee on Monday approved the construction for Pisgat Zeev a week after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Washington with President Obama, who is opposed to building in eastern Jerusalem.

The approval reportedly was postponed by two weeks due to the meeting, according to Ynet. 

Some 250 units are planned for the neighborhood, according to reports.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said he will not enter into direct peace negotiations with Israel until it halts all settlement building, including in eastern Jerusalem.

 

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